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Delightful Gascon Farmhouse with pool and views
Gers, Midi-Pyrenees, SW France: our 4 bed/4 bath farmhouse with private heated swimming pool and truly amazing 270° views, is in the lovely region known as Gascony, famed for the fiery brandy Armagnac and home of the legendary D'Artagnan of Dumas' novel "The Three Musketeers".

Near the charming town of Condom and four of France's 156 listed "plus beaux villages", this beautiful property is the inspired result of two American architects. Once a rustic cottage, adjoining barns and stable, Au Chicot is now a spacious, welcoming, characterful home, having gorgeous oak beams, exposed stone, solid wood floors, high ceilings and three fireplaces, two with woodburning stoves. The layout is ideal for two families/groups of friends sharing, and "flows" just as it should.

The Gers offers long, hot summers, short winters, unspoilt, gently rolling scenery, a rich heritage, amazing food and wine, and heaps to do. With great ease of access, it’s the ideal holiday retreat. Discover its magic .

4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Garden
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A pool with a view!-Delightful Gascon Farmhouse with pool and views
A pool with a view!
 
A warm welcome from Au Chicot-Delightful Gascon Farmhouse with pool and views
A warm welcome from Au Chicot
 
This pretty room has triple views-Delightful Gascon Farmhouse with pool and views
This pretty room has triple views
 
     
Bedroom 1 has French doors too!-Delightful Gascon Farmhouse with pool and views
Bedroom 1 has French doors too!
 
A sunset a day keeps the doctor away!-Delightful Gascon Farmhouse with pool and views
A sunset a day keeps the doctor away!
 
The no-detail-overlooked kitchen!-Delightful Gascon Farmhouse with pool and views
The no-detail-overlooked kitchen!
 
     
 
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Au Chicot sits neatly at the head of a plateau, on three acres of land, and surrounded by fields of sunflowers and maize, and vineyards. Sleeping 8 plus baby, it is furnished with a careful mix of French country antiques and quality contemporary pieces. A very, very comfortable home, which is also suitable for those with limited but independent mobility.

The house has the added benefit of enabling you to enjoy the views from nearly every room. The kitchen and dining room open directly onto the terrace, with ringside seats to those views and bordered by herbs and cheery tubs of geraniums. Keen chefs have access to cookbooks and equipment galore, a large Smeg gas cooker, Weber Q gas BBQ, gadgets of all sorts (even a foie gras cutter) and finally, to a wealth of fresh ingredients from a market somewhere close nearly every day of the week!

Though in a tiny hamlet, Au Chicot offers the perfect retreat for those seeking peace and privacy. No pylons in sight, and in their place a landscape of gently rolling hills, dotted by trees, farmhouses and the village of Cassaigne (home of a prominent Armagnac château) across the valley, and illuminated at night. Cars are a rarity here, and the only sounds you'll hear will be those of crickets, a bee, the faint whurr of a tractor, or closer to home, happy splashes, pages turning, or corks being popped! A place to rest and unwind ....

Tucked away yes, but don't be misled: the house is only a short drive from commerce - 5 minutes to crusty bread and croissants, and just 10 minutes to our pretty local town of Condom. All the banks, shops and supermarkets you need are there plus a great choice of restaurants, to suit every taste and pocket.

In Gascony the welcome is warm, and the slow pace of life infectious. Try it and see!

For more information, including interactive floorplan and images, please visit our website - the link is provided below.
 
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  Facilities
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Property Type: Farmhouse
Nearest Airport: Pau - 62 miles
Nearest Bar/Pub: Mouchan - 2 miles
Nearest Restaurant: Condom - 5.5 miles
Location Type: Horseriding, Rural/Village, Fishing Nearby, Golfing, Quiet, Watersports
Bedrooms: 2 Double Bedrooms, 2 Twin Bedrooms
Double beds are a comfy 160 cms wide, and the twin beds create a superking (180 cms wide) bed. Three bedrooms offer ensuite shower facilities, the fourth is close to the family bathroom. Ceiling fans.
Bathrooms: 1 Bathrooms, 3 Shower Rooms, 1 Separate WCs
All these have WCs and basins, the family bathroom is on the first floor and has a shower over it. There are two to each floor and a separate downstairs cloakroom.
Kitchen: Cooker, Hob, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing M/C, Dish Washer, Iron
A utility room houses washing machine, tumble drier, iron, ironing board, detergents, drying racks plus recycling boxes, and a second large fridge-freezer for your thirsty guests.
General: Real Fire, Telephone, House Linen, Towels Provided, Ceiling Fans, Cot, Highchair, Stairgate
Electric wall heaters in all rooms plus two large woodburning stoves. Ceiling fans in three bedrooms and a free-standing fan in the fourth. Babysitting and catering services available by arrangement.
Dining: Seating for 10.
  In the salon, facing double French doors which open onto the terrace and views, is an elegant, long, solid wood dining table and 10 matching, comfy chairs. The kitchen has a breakfast area seating 6.
Entertainment: Terrestrial TV, Table Tennis, Video, Satellite TV, DVD, CD System, Radio, Board Games, iPod Dock
Free wi-fi. CDs, loads of books for all tastes, a huge collection of DVDs and videos, plus board games, boules and basic badminton - and in the hangar is to be found excellent table tennis equipment.
Outside: Private Pool, Terrace, Garden, BBQ, Parking, Garden Furniture
Pool heating; enjoy the views as you float! Comfy sunbeds and recliners are supplied, and there's an ancient, beamed hangar nearby for shade. A teak table and chairs (+parasol) on the terrace seat 8.
Suitability: Children Welcome, Suitable for Elderly
 
 
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  Location
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  Au Chicot is right in the heart of the world's Armagnac growers. Just a level (1km) stroll away between vines is the beautiful Château du Busca-Maniban, a prominent Armagnac producer and the finest example of 17thC architecture in Gascony.

Artists and photographers love the Gers for its gentle landscape and enchanting little fortified villages. Action seekers will find lakes with sandy beaches, waterchutes, pedaloes and water sports, 4 great golf courses, a racing circuit, rivers for fishing or canoeing, plus horse riding, tennis, quad-biking, car and bike racing, gliding, microlighting, paragliding and hang-gliding. Parc Walibi, a major theme park is 35 mins. Hire a bike, or walk part of the St Jacques de Compostela pilgrim route nearby. There are thermal spas for pampering, quaint little museums, antique and bric-a-brac shops, plus Armagnac châteaux and wine producers for tours and tastings.. In the summer especially, the Gers is alive with festivals, (including the world renowned Marciac Jazz Festival,) night markets, concerts, bull-fights and exhibitions.

For a full day out, you’re 2.5 hours from the Atlantic beaches.

Condom (8 - 10 mins,) is our rather elegant local town, and the historical capital of the Armagnac region. Visit its Musée d'Armagnac to know more about this special brandy's 700 year history and production.

The town straddles the River Baïse: take a gastronomic boat trip, or hire a license-free boat from the port. At its centre is the imposing Gothic Cathédral de St Pierre and 16thC cloisters. Explore the shops lining the little streets off the main square. Places to eat? Choose from crêperies, pizzerias, restaurants offering hearty 3 course Gascon menus for €15 or less - and in a stunning 18th century chapel there’s the Michelin starred “La Table des Cordeliers”.

For meals in, go to market! Condom’s is on Wed and Sat. Join in the fun or linger at a cafe for a coffee and watch the sea of locals stocking up, catching up and drinking up!
 
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  Rental rates
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Season Dates Price Minimum
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Low 31-03-2012 27-04-2012 £1100 n/a N/A 7
Mid 28-04-2012 25-05-2012 £1200 n/a N/A 7
Mid 26-05-2012 01-06-2012 £1400 n/a N/A 7
High 02-06-2012 08-06-2012 £1500 n/a N/A 7
High 09-06-2012 15-06-2012 £1600 n/a N/A 7
High 21-06-2012 27-06-2012 £1800 n/a N/A 7
Peak 28-06-2012 11-07-2012 £1900 n/a N/A 14
Peak 12-07-2012 29-08-2012 £2100 n/a N/A 14
High 01-09-2012 07-09-2012 £1800 n/a N/A 7
High 08-09-2012 14-09-2012 £1700 n/a N/A 7
High 15-09-2012 28-09-2012 £1500 n/a N/A 7
Mid 29-09-2012 26-10-2012 £1300 n/a N/A 7
 
Additional Information
Saturday changeovers are possible outside school summer holidays for your short break, including (UK) half-term holidays; for other changeover days, do ask. During the main season, arrival day is Thursday, for better deals with flights and crossings. To secure your reservation, a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the rental total is required. Balance to be paid at least 8 weeks prior to holiday start date, plus a deposit (returnable) of £200 per week of stay against accidental damage, loss, or non-local calls. In the summer, priority is given to bookings of 2 weeks or more. Please check our website for lots more images and info, and email us or phone with additional queries: we would be happy to help!
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http://www.gasconymagic.com
 
Click on our website link for heaps more details including floorplans, travel help, local information and photos.
 
 
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  Availability of Au Chicot
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  Owner joined site on:15 November 2010
Property listed since:17 November 2010
 
Availabity   April to October each year.
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